*Marvel: The woman of the moment, Carol Danvers, the first Ms Marvel (and now Captain Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) gets a turn in our What’s New spotlight this week, with all issues new in of her original 23 issue run. Several of these are in a choice of grades (high Near Mints down to cheap and cheerful Very Goods), so take your pick! Included are, of course, the first and final issues, the Mystique triptych in #16-18 and the 1st Death-Bird in #9.
*Marvel: Carnage, the chirpy spawn of Venom, first appeared in his own title in two 1996 one-shots. First up was Mind Bomb (red foil cover), scripted by Warren Ellis, followed a few months later by It’s A Wonderful Life. Fans of the symbiotes will know what to expect…
CARNAGE: MIND BOMB #1 NM £40
CARNAGE: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE #1 VF/NM £20
*Horror 1940-1959: Superior was a Canadian publisher active from 1945-1956 who mostly reprinted American comics from the same time period. They also published a number of original series that were distributed in the United States. Among these were three horror titles famous for their hallucinogenic covers and accomplished Fiction House style interior art. When you see a lot of these together, they have an almost hypnotic and uncomfortable effect. This week we feature the first three issues of Journey Into Fear, mix grade copies, with specific defects listed below.
PICTURED: JOURNEY INTO FEAR ALL SOLD
#1 FA+ £130 Off staples; spine splits. Chips out front and back covers.
#2 GD+ £145 Off top staple
#3 GD £115 Off staples and tear across bottom right cover
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: A pot pourri of magazine format stuff this week: from Marvel, a couple of Bizarre Adventures, the Dazzler Graphic Novel, a couple of Super Specials adapting Conan and Indiana Jones movies and, from 1975, the Legion of Monsters one-shot — the first time this name was used, although the horror stars didn’t team-up, but all appeared; from Warren, the 13th Anniversary issue of Famous Monsters Of Filmland (100 pages) — not comics but chock full of horror movie stills and features; and from Adventure House Press, the obscure one-shot from 1968 by Gil Kane, His Name Is Savage, a hard boiled adventure with the title character looking remarkably like Lee Marvin on the cover.
LEGION OF MOSNTERS #1 VG+ £18.25
FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #13 GD/VG p £20
*Vintage UK/Australian Reprints Of US Material: Western and Adventure Thrills in this selection of 1950s UK reprints of US comics. Western wise we have Billy The Kid, Cisco Kid, Davy Crockett Western Tales by Jack Kirby, Gene Autrey & Champion, John Wayne and Zorro. Also, adventure with Movie Classics Captain Davy Jones and King Richard & the Crusaders. Star of this update though has to be #5 of Miller’s Black Knight Atlas reprint series with art by the superb Joe Maneely.
PICTURED: BLACK KNIGHT #5 VG/FN £25 SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Small updates to a variety of titles this week: Comet from 1956, Roy Of The Rovers from 1981, Sun from 1956 & 1958 and Valiant from 1972. See our catalogue for full details.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: Air Ace Picture Library is consistently one of our best selling titles, and we are therefore delighted to add a new batch to our catalogue between #151 and #403 in a mixture of grades, filling many gaps in our inventory. Consult our catalogue for full details.
*Humour Comics: We’re delighted to add to our catalogue around 18 issues of the tabloid-sized Beezer from its first three years 1956-1958. Included are issues #2-5. Many favourite and long-running strips were there from the beginning: cover star Ginger, Pop, Dick & Harry, Calamity Jane, the Banana Bunch and other humour shorts as well as adventure strips and illustrated facts pages. Beezer’s huge size, whilst giving it no doubt much impact in the newsagents, led to more fragility and must have meant that not as many copies survived as the more standard sized comics, so it’s always a treat when some in decent shape turn up.
#2 GD £40 SOLD
#3 GD/VG £35 SOLD
*Humour Comics: What’s Old is our feature where we highlight stuff from our catalogue that you may have missed. In 1963, D.C. Thomson of Dundee, publishers of the successful Dandy and Beano humour weeklies, put together an oversized ‘combo’ of the two titles for the lucrative Summer Holiday market. A huge success, this groundbreaking edition started a tradition of separate Summer Specials for each title the following year, and was widely emulated, becoming the industry’s standard practice for a plethora of series from Thomson and their competitors in the following decades. This is one of the rarest and most sought-after items ever through our hands, certainly on the UK side, and the first copy in any condition we have seen in our close to 25 years of trading. This copy has a triangular tear in the upper front cover staple area, wear at the centre spine where, owing to its size, it has been stored horizontally folded for a long period, a 1″ tear at lower mid back cover, and slight grubbiness lower mid-spine and mid-edge on the front cover. Offsetting that, however, is the clean, unmarred condition of the interiors, firm staples at centrefold, and, as previously noted, the extreme rarity of this item in any condition.
PICTURED: DANDY-BEANO SUMMER SPECIAL 1963 GD £475
*Girls’ Comics: Another brace of Free Gift issues from the UK’s longest running girls’ title this week. From 1973, #823 comes with ‘Doggie Brooch’, #824 with ‘Twin Trendy Bangles’. Both comics are VG, having suffered some creasing in storage with their gifts over the years, but with no other defects. Both gifts are VF, still sealed in their original envelopes.
PICTURED: BUNTY BOTH SOLD
#823 VG WITH FREE GIFT VF £35
#824 VG WITH FREE GIFT VF £35
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: One last change for the title that started out as Picture Romance Library. By 1969, Picture Romances was being published by Fleetway, and at last had the issue numbers shown on the covers! This new selection is from 1969/1970, ranging from #554 to #605, and all in a universal VF grade apart from the final issue in this batch (FN). That’s all from this long running multi-publisher title for a while, but we do expect to have more later in 2021.
As you probably know, our shop has been closed since the initial lockdown in March this year. Since then, we have been trading very successfully by mail order only, and thanks to the support of our many loyal (and many new) customers, this arrangement has vastly exceeded our expectations, and in fact sales have been higher than when the shop was open, with far fewer overheads.
We were intending to convert fully to mail order at some point in the future, since we’re all now around our mid-sixties, but the pandemic has brought this move forward. We have therefore taken the difficult decision that the shop will not be reopening to visitors and we will now be trading by mail order only. We know this will be a disappointment to many who enjoyed their trips to Putney and browsing through our stock. We too will miss the personal contact with you all. However, the extra time this move affords us is already allowing us to add a greater range of stock to our online catalogue than ever before with more images, as well as enabling us to keep the catalogue as up to date as it’s possible to get. We hope you will get to enjoy browsing online almost as much as browsing in our shop, confident that what you see in our catalogue is what we have in stock.
We remain very much open online for buying and selling vintage back issues, and look forward to dealing in vintage comics, books, annuals and picture libraries in the years ahead.
Rob, Will & Sandy
We’d just like to take this opportunity of wishing everyone a safe Christmas and (we hope) a better New Year. Thanks to everyone who’s supported us through 2020, whether you’ve been adding to your collections or simply enjoying our lockdown articles and stock update write-ups. We’re very pleased to reflect that our transition to mail order only has gone very smoothly and successfully and we’ll be back in January with details of our latest acquisitions to tempt you; we hope to spread a little joy in these dark times. Please stay safe through the holidays and beyond.
*DC: Fan favourite artist Neal Adams stars in this week’s visit to Batmania with two classic issues. First up, #237, a dark and moody Halloween special, backed up by a classic 1940s reprint in this 48 pager. A nice solid pence stamped copy with great cover colour and gloss, firmly attached staples and good, off-white pages. Just minor edge wear and a grubby (non fluid-related) back cover stain bring the grade down, but still very respectable. Secondly, #243, a martial arts chapter in the initial Ra’s al Ghul storyline. A lovely glossy pence stamped copy with excellent staples, off-white pages and a fresh appearance. There are some unobtrusive spine stresses and a tiny dink mid-cover, but this presents very well.
#237 FN- p £50 SOLD
#243 FN+ p £45
*DC: From 1982, DC’s first maxi-series was Mike Barr’s retelling of the Arthurian legend in the far future, where King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table fulfil the ancient prophecy that they would return when England needed them most. In the year 3000, England, and Earth, is under alien attack, but our reincarnated heroes must face three challenges – the invaders, their ancient enemies Mordred and Morgan LeFay, and the, in some cases, confusing new forms they have been reborn into. Intelligent and deftly plotted, the sweeping saga is lushly illustrated by Brian Bolland, whose compositions radiate malice or heroism as the narrative demands. It took a long time to produce all twelve issues – launched in ’82, it finally concluded three years later – but given the quality of Bolland’s art, the protracted schedule was not only unsurprising, but totally worth it. All twelve issues of this controversial but highly acclaimed series are available as a set, almost all NM, with a couple just a tad off that grade.
PICTURED: CAMELOT 3000 #1 VF/NM; COMPLETE SET #1-12 AVERAGING NM £45 SOLD
*DC: A selection of DC titles beginning with the letter ‘C’: Captain Action by Shooter, Kane & Wood, a chunky selection of Challengers Of The Unknown between #21 and #55 and #1 of the Bronze Age Champion Sports.
*Marvel: Not only does Amazing Spider-Man #134 feature the debut of the Tarantula, Spidey’s arachnid-named foe, but on the last page the Punisher makes his second appearance in a dramatic last page cameo, which leads on to his full second appearance in the following issue. Both our new copies in of #134 and #135 are high grade, tight, flat and glossy with just minor edge/spine wear and would sit well in any self-respecting Spider-Fan’s collection.
PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
#134 VF £80
#135 VF+ £125
*Marvel: As we’ve remarked before, Marvel’s flagship title, the Fantastic Four was a breeding ground for characters who spun off into their own series, as well as alien races that populated the Marvel Universe. Rich examples in this four issue run from #64-67. #64 featured the 1st appearance of the Kree robot the Sentry, followed by the 1st appearance of the Kree themselves in the following issue in the forms of the Supreme Intelligence and Ronan the Accuser. #66 began the two part origin of the being known initially as Him (later Warlock), his first proper appearance coming in #67. All nice mid-grade pence printed copies without specific defects.
PICTURED: FANTASTIC FOUR
#64 VG/FN p £22 SOLD
#65 VG/FN p £36
#66 FN+ p £70
#67 VG+ p £85
*Marvel: Following Kirby’s tabloid-sized Treasury Special, liberally adapting the Kubrick cinematic blockbuster, Marvel green-lit an ongoing series exploring the milieu of 2001: A Space Odyssey, giving artist/writer Kirby a free hand to explore all of time and space – perhaps too free a hand, as while time-transcending spectacle there was in abundance, the lack of a central cast left the readership feeling ‘unanchored’ to the series. This was remedied to an extent with issue #8, and Kirby’s introduction of X-51 (later known variously as Mister Machine and Machine Man), a humanoid robot in search of his soul, who became the protagonist for the rest of the series, spinning off into his own title and becoming part of the main Marvel Universe. The entire 10 issue series of 2001: A Space Odyssey is now restocked; illustrated is issue #8, X-51’s premier appearance.
PICTURED: 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY #8 VF- £37 SOLD
*Marvel: Another of the very popular 1990s mini-series starring that cuddly media darling Venom. This one’s about Eddie Brock being separated from his symbiote costume. All four issues available, #1-3 in NM, #4 in NM-. Full details as always in our catalogue.
PICTURED: VENOM: SEPARATION ANXIETY #1 NM £25
*Marvel: Lots of good things in a sweep through the Marvel Silver & Bronze ages this week. Titles include: Daredevil (inc. #168, 1st Elektra), Defenders (Annual #1), Fantastic Four (#200), Hulk, Iron Man (inc. #219, 1st Ghost), Marvel Collectors’ Item Classics (inc. #1), Marvel Premiere (#2 with Warlock), Marvels, Marvel Spotlight (#3 with Werewolf By Night), Strange Tales (#157 & #158, 1st cameo and full app. Living Tribunal), Thor, lots of What If 1st series (between #3 and #12) and X-Men.
*Harvey: Although specialising in humour in their later publishing years, Harvey also published a range of super-hero and adventure titles; both genres are represented in this update. Humour: Blondie, Hot Stuff, Little Dot, Little Lotta, Playful Little Audrey, Richie Rich Millions, Sad Sack & the Sarge, Wendy the Good Little Witch. Adventure: Blast Off (Kirby, Williamson), Fighting American (Simon & Kirby), Spyman, and Thrill-O-Rama.
*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: A small but diverse selection of vintage stuff from different publishers this week, inc Quality’s Blackhawk #52 (our earliest Blackhawk), Brick Bradford #5 from King (Flash Gordon-type adventure), Heroic Comics #37 (true life tales), Fox’s Spectacular Feature #11 (1st issue with the story of Samson & Delilah, featuring a gorgeously coloured cover by Lee Ames) and Avon’s Unknown Man (a film noir adaptation with appropriately moody art by Kintsler).
SPECTACULAR FEATURE #11 VG+ £50
THE UNKNOWN MAN GD+ £37
*Modern Reprints: Here’s your chance to begin, augment or complete your Marvel Masterworks collection of the best of Marvel. We have fresh in 5 volumes of the Amazing Spider-Man run, all long out of print, of course, and in really nice condition, all in the tasteful silver livery. Volume 3 to Volume 7 comprise the second half of the Steve Ditko classic Spidey run, and the very best of John Romita’s defining period on the series.
PICTURED: MARVEL MASTERWORKS AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
VOL 3 VF/NM £50
VOL 4 VF £50
VOL 5 VF/NM £50
VOL 6 VF/NM £75
VOL 7 FN/VF £50
*Alan Class Reprints: We present a small selection of the Alan Class title Suspense, the least well represented of the ‘Big Six’ in our listings, all post decimal issues between #121 & #237. #128 reprints not only the Ditko Dr Strange story from Strange Tales #125, but also several Ditko Captain Atom stories inc. cover.
*Marvel UK: We’re always happy to see early issues of Marvel UK’s reprints of Spider-Man (as Spider-Man Weekly), this time between #11 and #45, reprinting in all but the later two issues classic issues of Ditko Amazing Spider-Man. From the mid-1970s, this is the version of Spidey that a lot of people grew up with, and many covers are different to the American originals. As a bonus, the series also reprinted early Thor stories. Consult our catalogue for grading and pricing information.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: A small update to Micron’s Combat Picture Library between issues #234 & #363.
*Humour Comics: A small update to those two bastions of British humour, Beano & Dandy, from 1958-1960.
*Girls’ Comics: A long overdue update to our Debbie stocks, with 10 issues added from its first year of publication 1973, almost all filling gaps in our inventory.
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: Sometime around 1966/67, Picture Romance Library truncated its name to Picture Romances and changed publisher from Pearson’s to Newnes. They retained, however, the annoying habit of only printing the issue number on the last interior page rather than on the cover! We have about a dozen of the Newnes version new in, with nice painted covers and generally in excellent, unread condition.
PICTURED: PICTURE ROMANCES #482 FN £5
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: What’s Old is our feature where we highlight stuff from our catalogue that you may have missed. Roger Zelazny, who died tragically young at 58 in 1995, is my favourite American science fiction author. I grew up reading his earlier, award-winning masterpieces such as A Rose for Ecclesiastes and The Doors Of His Face, The Lamps Of His Mouth (wonderful tales of Mars and Venus collected with many other gems in the anthology that bears the title of the second story) and He Who Shapes (a novella later expanded into the novel The Dream Master). In the latter, Zelazny touched on a theme he was to explore in great depth over future years; he often depicted characters from myth, set in a modern or future world, calling on several pantheons in various works: Egyptian in Creatures of Light and Darkness, Greek in This Immortal, Hindu in Lord of Light etc. But he will probably be most fondly remembered for his Amber series, a huge ten book epic that has all the Zelazny trademarks: mythologies, experimentation with form, an often clipped and laconic style more reminiscent of hard-boiled detective writers such as Chandler or Hammett and the tension between the ancient and the modern, surreal and familiar. Jack of Shadows (not part of Amber but very much in the same style) is a tour de force and the post-apocalyptic Damnation Alley was filmed (although not very well). Most of the titles mentioned are in stock in our catalogue, including the entire first five book sequence of Amber and many others. If you’ve not discovered Zelazny, I can recommend him as a wonderfully entertaining and imaginative author; I deeply regret that we are denied the continuation of his Amber series, which he evidently had planned.
DAMNATION ALLEY 1ST PB 1973 VF £10
JACK OF SHADOWS 1ST PB 1974 VG/FN £20
THE DOORS OF HIS FACE, THE LAMPS OF HIS MOUTH AND OTHER STORIES 1ST PB 1975 VG £8
THE HAND OF OBERON 1ST US PB 1977 FN £10 (Book 4 in the 1st Amber sequence)
THIS IMMORTAL 1ST PB 1968 FN £20
Since we’re now trading by mail order only, it gives us the chance to maintain our catalogue even more accurately. All items sold since lockdown are now being deleted within a few days of sale. We have also now completed going through the last few categories deleting items that sold pre-lockdown since files were last updated. This comprises the following categories in our Books section:
*Comic Strip Books
You can now rely on the catalogue for all categories being (and staying) as close to 100% accurate as it is possible to get, with virtually everything available, apart from items sold in the last few days (and just a tiny amount of human error). So… browse with confidence!
Please note that all orders received by Saturday 12th December (that’s today!) and paid for by 4 pm on Tuesday 15th December should be posted on Wednesday 16th, which is the last date we are posting before Christmas. Due to the restrictions placed on us by the pandemic, there will be no last minute exceptions, so please ensure if you’re buying Christmas presents (and you’re in the UK) that you get your order in by Saturday 12th December to be sure of getting it before Christmas. Outside the UK, delivery times vary widely.
*DC: On the cover of this landmark Anniversary issue, Batman & Robin, as depicted by Neal Adams, are holding up a bat symbol sign announcing ‘200th Smash Issue’ against a backdrop of classic Batman covers from the past. Within, there’s a classic encounter with the Scarecrow, cameo appearances by the Joker, the Penguin and Killer Moth and the origins of both Batman and Robin are retold. This is a lovely fresh high grade copy, pence stamped, with little wear, sharp corners, flat and tight with excellent staples and off-white pages.
PICTURED: BATMAN #200 VF+ p £100
*DC: For some unknown reason, Action Comics #300 seems to turn up far less often than all the issues around it. Maybe it’s because it’s got a corker of a cover and people who own it hang on to it. Whatever, Superman as the last man on Earth under a red sun is a classic scenario and story. This is a mid-grade cents copy, with good cover colour and gloss, a 2 cm lower spine split and a faint writing imprint on the sun! Great page quality and firmly attached staples.
PICTURED: ACTION COMICS #300 VG+ £40
*Marvel: I’m not even going to begin to relate the convoluted history of the Spider Clone/Ben Reilly saga that has seemingly carried on forever in the pages of Spider-Man (nor even the Gwen Stacy clone plot ditto), but suffice it to say that this is where the Spider-Clone story began, with the clone’s first appearance. This historic 149th issue also features (quote) ‘The Astonishing Climax of the Spidey-Jackal War’. A very nice superior copy with minor wear (one particular wear mark just in from top spine) but presenting very well.
PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #149 FN/VF £50
*Marvel: As the premier series of the Marvel Universe, the Fantastic Four did seem to spend a lot of time incubating the stars of tomorrow, as their guests frequently spun off into their own titles. One of the most popular ‘break-out’ stars was the Silver Surfer, and in issue #50 the former Norrin Radd, having been introduced two issues previously as the minion of the planet-devouring Galactus, breaks away from his master and defends the threatened planet Earth. Cosmic menace, epic grandeur and, hm, college hi-jinks, as the Human Torch commences his blink-and-you’ll-miss-it struggle with higher education. The latter subplot introduces Johnny’s fellow student, Wyatt Wingfoot, soon a staunch ally of the FF. (As well as She-Hulk’s favourite squeeze-toy, but that was a couple of decades later…). This defining issue for the Surfer is lowish grade, pence printed, with moderate spine and edge wear, corner blunting, a colour breaking crease across the top right cover corner, a couple of very small cover edge tears and a tiny chip out of the bottom right cover. Nevertheless, firmly attached staples, reasonable pages and a largely unmarred cover image of the surfing dude!
PICTURED: FANTASTIC FOUR #50 GD+ p £80
*Marvel: What’s Old is our feature where we highlight stuff from our catalogue that you may have missed. A staggering array of inventive villains graced the X-Men’s first twenty or so issues: the Vanisher, the Blob, Magneto, Mastermind, the Stranger – each with an unusual twist to their abilities which suited the off-beat atmosphere of our mutant chums’ adventures. One such was Unus, introduced in the X-Men’s eighth issue, a villain who was literally untouchable – any force directed against him would be repelled, meaning that he could commit crimes in plain sight with impunity. Our mutant heroes were stymied, until – ah, but that would be telling! We have a high grade copy of this Lee/Kirby classic introduction of a major villain, a cents copy with no pence overstamp. White & bright, tight staples at cover and centrefold, sharp edges and corners, vibrant cover colour, with only the very faintest of stress lines around the upper staple area.
PICTURED: X-MEN #8 VF+ £430 (front, back and splash)
*Marvel: The Black Panther’s series in Jungle Action, which attracted a lot of acclaim at the time, was known for being verbose, introspective, reflective and philosophical. When the character’s co-creator, Jack Kirby, took over as writer and artist on T’Challa’s follow-up solo series, the results were… a considerable contrast. Shouting! Explosions! Aliens! Time-Travel! Implausibly-muscled ladies with black lipstick! Cosmic critters! All were here, and all playing at full volume all the time, in the crazed kinetic frenzy that Kirby was renowned for. Since the major movie hit, the King of Wakanda’s star is ever-ascendant, and this issue especially always sells very briskly because of its – frankly – high loopiness quotient. We have a copy of #1 fresh in, pence printed, mid-grade with edge and handling wear, but nice cover colour and gloss.
*PICTURED: BLACK PANTHER #1 VG+ p £35
*Marvel: A nice bundle of Amazing Spider-Man issues new in this week, featuring a whole gamut of Spidey’s greatest foes as follows: #35 (Molten Man), #47 (Kraven), #56 (Doc Ock), #102 (Morbius – 2nd app and origin plus the Lizard), #104 (Kraven, guest-starring Ka-Zar), #126 (Kangaroo, yeah, well, okay, you got us on that one…), #127 (Vulture), #130 (Hammerhead), #131 (Doc Ock), and #132 & #133 (Molten Man). See our catalogue for details.
*Horror 1940-1959: Weird Thrillers from Ziff-Davis 1951 is a strange hybrid of horror stories and science-fiction with horror elements. We have two issues of this five issues series, #1 & #3. The former has a notable Rondo Hatton photo cover and interior art by Dan Barry and Ross Andru among others. #3 has a painted cover and interiors by Toth, Anderson, Colan and more. #1 is a solid VG, with some spine wear and small writing on the ‘R’ in ‘Weird’. #3 is lower graded, with spine wear, a chip out at the top of the spine, colour-breaking creases and extensive back cover creasing.
PICTURED: WEIRD THRILLERS
#1 VG £150 SOLD
#3 FA+ £35 SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: We present two football-themed free gift issues of Victor. From 1969, #419 complete with the book of ‘Football Favourites’ (which opens into a banner). From 1970, #466 with ‘The Victor Album of Big Football Dates’. Comics and gifts are all in really nice condition.
#419 FN WITH FREE GIFT VF £35 SOLD
#466 FN WITH FREE GIFT VF £35 SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: Fleetway’s popular Lion Picture Library featured in its early issues characters from the Lion comic, but soon concentrated on war-themed stories, and this update features 15 of the latter, between #26 and #119, in grades from GD to FN.
PICTURED: LION PICTURE LIBRARY #36 GD £4 SOLD
*Humour Comics: From 1974, issues #1 & #3 of Whoopee, complete with their original Free Gifts. Free Gift issues of this fondly remembered laugh-fest from 1974 hardly ever seem to turn up, and are in much demand. #1 is complete with the ‘Super Squirt Ring’ still sealed in its original envelope (although this does have some corner scuffing). #3 comes with a sheet of 36 ‘Spooky Snap Cards’, still just about uncut and attached to their support sheet. In our experience, these are rare items.
#1 FN WITH FREE GIFT FN £100
#3 FN WITH FREE GIFT FN £50
*Girls’ Comics: The Nurse Nancy Outfit issued originally with Twinkle #105 must have proven so popular that DC Thomson issued it again later that same year in #146. This time it came packaged in a polythene envelope rather than the brown paper pictorial wrapper originally used, but still the same cap, apron and armbands set. With our FN condition copy of the comic, we have the Gift Set still sealed in its envelope. I doubt that there can be many (if any) of these in this pristine condition still in existence. Its rarity is attested by what appears to be the complete lack of sales records on all known (to us) internet sources. So, if you’ve worn out your existing Nurse Nancy Outfit from overuse, here’s your chance to get a nice new version. Described by our chum Duncan McAlpine in his Comic Book Price Guide for Great Britain as ‘clearly the greatest comics free gift of all time.’
PICTURED: TWINKLE #146 FN WITH FREE GIFT VF £50 SOLD
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: From Fleetway in 1984, several issues of the short-lived Girl Picture Library, including the earliest numbers. With #1 at £3 and most issues in GD or VG at £1.25-£1.50, these represent excellent value.
Acclaimed and controversial underground comix artist, illustrator and animator Richard Corben died on December 2nd, 2020, aged 80, following heart surgery. His widow Dona Corben, the former Madonna Marchant, whom he married in 1965, posted the news via Corben’s frequent collaborator Jack Strnad:
“It is with great sorrow and loss that I must share the sad news that Richard Corben died Dec 2, 2020 following heart surgery. He will be missed tremendously by his family, his friends, and his fans.
Richard was very appreciative of the love for his art that was shown by you, his fans. Your support over the decades meant a great deal to him. He tried to repay your support by working diligently on each piece of art going out to you. Although Richard has left us, his work will live on and his memory will live always in our hearts.”
Born in Anderson, Missouri, Corben achieved a Batchelor of Arts from Kansas City Art Institute. After working as a professional animator – in which capacity he met his future wife while working on her short film, Siegfried Saves Metropolis – Corben joined the burgeoning field of underground comics, including Grim Wit, Slow Death, Skull, Rowlf, Fever Dreams and his own anthology Fantagor.
In 1970 he began illustrating horror and science-fiction stories for Warren Publishing and in 1975 became a frequent contributor to Heavy Metal, the English-language version of Metal Hurlant.
Perhaps his most famous creation is the fantasy series Den, about a frail young boy who travels to an alternate universe and is recreated as a prodigiously-endowed naked barbarian who battles monsters for the attentions of a succession of equally unfeasibly-proportioned and underdressed ladies. Corben’s frank and enthusiastic attitude towards nudity, eroticism and violent physicality won him notoriety and acclaim in equal measure, but his lush colour palette, expert finishes and skilful use of shadow and line were universally praised.
The winner of multiple awards over the decades, he also illustrated record covers (including Meatloaf’s Bat Out of Hell) and film posters, and occasionally dabbled in ‘borderline’ mainstream series, including DC/Vertigo’s Hellblazer, Marvel’s Startling Stories: Banner, and Punisher: The End, and a controversial reimagining of Luke Cage for Marvel’s short-lived Vertigo-wannabe Epic Line.
Preproduction work on an animated film adapted from his underground comic Fever Dreams was announced in May 2020.
Please note that all orders received by Saturday 12th December and paid for by 4 pm on Tuesday 15th December should be posted on Wednesday 16th, which is the last date we are posting before Christmas. Due to the restrictions placed on us by the pandemic, there will be no last minute exceptions, so please ensure if you’re buying Christmas presents (and you’re in the UK) that you get your order in by Saturday 12th December to be sure of getting it before Christmas. Outside the UK, delivery times vary widely.
*DC: ‘Poison Ivy, Poison Ivy
Well late at night when you’re sleepin’
Poison Ivy comes a creepin’ all around’
Batman #181 featured the debut of one of the Gotham Guardian’s most famous female nemeses. Poison Ivy was brainstormed with the idea of joining the hugely-popular TV show as a younger recurring villain – most of the villainesses, aside from Catwoman, being, let’s be kind, ladies of a certain age, it was thought a fresher face was needed! She sadly never made it onto the small screen – at least not in that decade – but the comics audience caught Poison Ivy with a vengeance, and she’s remained a staple of the Batman Rogue’s Gallery ever since, her profile being considerably upped in recent years by her status as Harley Quinn’s… well, the jury’s out, but let’s say very good friend. At least. A recurring role in the ‘Gotham’ TV series has also spurred demand for Ivy’s early appearances over the last few years. Fresh in this week is both #181 with her 1st appearance and #183, featuring her rather swift return! This Batman #181 is a very nice pence stamped copy, with vibrant cover colour and gloss, very little wear, tight and firmly attached staples and good page quality. It would grade much higher were it not for a small chip out of the lower right edge of the cover (see scan); most importantly the centrefold pin-up (frequently missing, depriving the second story of its splash page) is firmly in place! #183 is in a very similar condition, but without the chip! The dynamic Carmine Infantino covers on both don’t hurt any, either!
#181 VG+ p £300 SOLD
#183 FN/VF p £70
*DC: John Constantine, Hellblazer, has been a popular character in the DCU and pretty much ever-present since his inception in the pages of Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, gathering much media attention along the way. So, we’re glad to restock many issues of his 1988 series between #13 and #30 this week. Listed, of course, under Hellblazer.